Turkish prosecutor demands Demirtaş stay in jail due to new terrorism investigation

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Selahattin Demirtaş (L) and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched a new terrorism investigation into Selahattin Demirtaş, a jailed Kurdish politician, demanding the continuation of his incarceration, an opposition deputy tweeted on Friday, adding that Demirtaş’s lawyers applied for parole the same day.

Sezgin Tanrıkulu, a deputy from the Republican People’s Party (CHP), said the investigation aimed at keeping Demirtaş in jail despite a release order from a court amounted to “tyranny.”

“There’s no [an independent] judiciary, no law, no code, no judge. Not just for us, not for anybody,” Demirtaş said in response to the latest development, according to a Twitter account run by his lawyers.

Former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Demirtaş has been in jail since November 2016.

A court on Friday ordered that his more than three-year-long incarceration must be deducted from his four-year, eight-month prison sentence.

According to Tanrıkulu, Demirtaş should be released from prison after that ruling.

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